Joint venture matches food with locations

Food-lovers will be able to enjoy an exclusive dining experience this summer in two special north Northumberland locations.

A unique collaboration between an entrepreneurial Supperclub provider in Newcastle and the National Trust will see a series of events being hosted at two of the region’s National Trust sites, Lindisfarne Castle and the Farne Islands.

The idea is a joint venture between Anna Hedworth, author of The Grazer food blog, and staff at the National Trust properties.

Anna runs a series of incredibly popular Supperclubs across the North East in locations that vary from wine shops, shipping containers and bowling greens.

Anna said: “This is really exciting venture for me and an amazing opportunity for people to have a very unique experience.

“I am providing the food and supper club experience while the National Trust are providing these amazing venues – it’s a potent mix that will create some unforgettable evenings of entertainment and great food.”

The Farne Islands experience includes a private boat sailing over to the Farnes late in the afternoon, arriving on the beach of Inner Farne to be greeted with aperitifs and tasty treats.

The evening will include a private tour of the island – its beach, the lighthouse and its garden. Then at dusk, it will be time to dine, either in the lighthouse gardens or the tiny chapel on the island.

At Lindisfarne Castle, guests will arrive at Lower Battery to canapés and aperitifs, looking out over the Northumberland Coast.

The evening continues with a personal tour through the rooms of the Castle then supper will be served on the Upper Battery; a spot that offers one of the finest views in the county.

Claire Ashby, the National Trust’s visitor experience manager for the Northumberland Coast, said: “We are delighted to be working with Anna.

“Two of our team went to one of Anna’s events in the back of a shipping container in Newcastle and had an amazing evening. We were keen to collaborate.Visitors don’t usually get to dine at Lindisfarne or on the Farnes, so this is a really different way for people to enjoy our places and enjoy the Northumberland Coast on a summer evening.”

“There will be four events with a limited number of 20 places available at each: Saturday, July 20, and Saturday, August 31, at Lindisfarne Castle; Saturday, July 27, and Saturday, August 3, on the Farnes.

Tickets are £99 per person and can be booked by calling Lindisfarne Castle on 01289 389244.

Prices include private access to the Farne Islands and Lindisfarne, history and nature talks from the National Trust, food introductions from The Grazer, aperitifs, three courses of food, wines to match, digestifs and coffee.

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